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Villas with a View

There’s something incredibly special about waking up on holiday to a lovely view, as a foretaste of the day ahead. It makes us want to get up and welcome the day, contemplating the visual feast from our rooms with thoughts of breakfast on the terrace or beside the pool. At the other end of the day, a cocktail or evening meal seems to taste even better when the panorama is stunning.

The Algarve is famous for its incredible scenery and many of the villas we offer have breathtaking views across the countryside, the mountains or the sea. So much of the surrounding area can sometimes be admired from the comfort of a sun lounger or terrace chair that it can be tempting never to leave the villa for the entire holiday. Others may feel the allure of the sea, a sandy cove or a countryside walk after an interesting glimpse from the villa.

Whether you prefer seascapes, multi-coloured cliff vistas, mountain views or simply peaceful country scenes, one of our handpicked villas will be your favourite piece of paradise.

Villa Colina, Carvoeiro

Villa Colina offers comfort and space in a lovely setting with stunning views across the rolling countryside towards the Monchique Mountains. The grounds of the villa are nicely designed, from the delightful breakfast terrace, which is accessed from the kitchen, to the poolside barbecue area complete with double ceramic hob and a kitchenette, perfect for the holiday barbecue specialists!

Casa Inmaran, Carvoeiro

Featuring sea views, Casa Inmaran is an ever-popular choice of villa. The large, attractive and established garden has plenty of areas for relaxing whilst both the pool and barbecue area are likely to be the focal point of a holiday at this property. Only a few minutes away is Marinha Beach, considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal.

Casa Cor de Rosa, Praia do Vau

Casa Cor de Rosa is situated in an enviable location overlooking the beach at Praia do Vau, one of the prettiest coves in the Algarve. The garden and pool areas enjoy fabulous views of the golden, sandy beach and the multi-coloured red, white and orange cliffs for which the Algarve is renowned. An evening stroll on the beach can be followed up with dinner in a local restaurant offering the freshest catch of the day, making this an idyllic spot to enjoy the sun-drenched Algarve coastline.

Casa das Rochas, Loule

Casa das Rochas offers the best of both the countryside and the city with its rural location being only a short drive from the vibrant city of Loule. The villa is perched on a hillside up a country track and has fabulous countryside and distant sea views from the spacious terraces.

Casa Polgoda, Carvoeiro

Situated in a most desirable location, this prestigious ocean-front property lies between Rocha Brava and Algarve Clube Atlantico. The splendid sea views beyond the landscaped grounds offer a breathtaking setting from where this stunning part of the Algarve coastline can be enjoyed. As you would expect, the property is tastefully furnished to a high standard throughout, with all the rooms making the absolute best of the views on offer. A covered outdoor terrace provides shade and an excellent spot for barbecues or simply to enjoy the garden, open sea and skies beyond.

Casa Madrugada, Carvoeiro

This is one of just a small number of properties on this superb development that have the privileged position of being perched upon the clifftop, facing directly out to sea. Casa Madrugada provides the idyllic and much desired holiday bonus of uninterrupted sea views across the pool terrace and lawns, which is a very rare treat indeed. If the lure of the sea tempts you away from the relaxing poolside, there’s a delightful sandy cove some 100m below that can be reached by nearby steps (care should be taken with small children).

The Enduring Charm of Carvoeiro

Almost half of our villas are located in and around Carvoeiro, and with good reason. We take a look at why this once traditional fishing village is so attractive for families and those seeking a relaxing beach holiday.

Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Carvoeiro has managed to maintain much of it historical charm. At one time, the locals used to survive on the tuna fishing catch and the village’s historic buildings, dating back centuries, were a pretty backdrop for the colourful fishing boats arriving home with their catch.

Tuna fishing was once Carvoeiro’s main source of income

Carvoeiro has a history dating back centuries. There are delightful, traditional white buildings set into the cliff, along with the Farol de Alfanzina (Alfanzina Lighthouse) and the remains of a 17th century fort, known in Portuguese as the Forte de Nossa Senhora de Encarnação.

The historic Alfanzina Lighthouse

Although the lighthouse is closed to the public, it is still well worth a visit to admire from the outside and take in the breathtaking views of the coastline. The walking trails are along marked paths and it’s well worth earmarking a couple of hours to soak up the sheer beauty of the landscape.

The Forte de Nossa Senhora de Encarnação (Fort of Our Lady of the Incarnation) was completed in 1675 and was significantly damaged in the earthquake of 1755, while the chapel was completely ruined. It was restored and repaired in 1825, 1942 and again in 1965. Perching on top of the cliffs, the fort can be seen from the picturesque Carvoeiro Boardwalk, an elevated wooden walkway that skirts the top of the cliffs and offers wonderful views over the stunning coastline.

Many are attracted to Carvoeiro because of its magnificent beaches within walking distance of the town. Several local fishermen make use of their boats during the day to offer visitors the chance to view the coastline from the sea and to visit the intriguing caves. The coastline is characterised by clear blue skies, orange and golden eroded cliffs and sandy beaches nestling up to little coves, so good photographs are almost guaranteed.

A typical grotto in Carvoeiro

For snorkelers, there is an abundance of sea life in the waters of the Praia da Marinha, Praia do Carvalho and even the small Praia do Paraíso whilst just along the coast is Algar Seco, a breathtaking landscape formed by cliff erosions.

Praia da Marinha attracts snorkelers due to its abundance of sea life

Carvoeiro’s small town centre consists of two main roads leading to the village square. The small, sandy beach in front of the square is a favourite both with tourists and locals and is disabled and family-friendly. Watersports are available and there is a good selection of ice-cream parlours, cafés, bars and restaurants all within easy walking distance.

Most tourists head to Carvoeiro for a relaxing beach holiday but after the sun sets, there’s a surprising selection of restaurants and relaxed bars to visit, yet the town does not suffer from the rowdiness and drunkenness of some of the larger resorts.

Even after sunset, there’s still plenty to do

In summary, Carvoeiro is quite a peaceful destination and as such could make the perfect choice for families and those seeking a relaxing beach holiday. It has great facilities and an enjoyable holiday atmosphere that is not easily forgotten. Consequently, many return year after year to savour the charms of this small and friendly Algarve resort staying in Carvoeiro villas.

More Exclusive Algarve Villas Added to Our Programme for 2019

Affinity Villas has been specialising in villa holidays to the Algarve for over 18 years now so we know the area extremely well. We expend a great deal of time and energy searching out suitable villas for our clients, who have rightly come to expect only the best from us. All of our villas are hand-picked and vetted to ensure that they meet with our exacting standards. Unlike some other companies, we only offer villas with private pools – we don’t offer apartments – and all of our villas are in the Algarve; nowhere else, because we think it’s better to be experts at what we do than try to be all things to all people.

We now have the largest selection of exclusive Algarve villas with private pools that are available to book online but each villa can also be booked over the phone with a member of our reservations team, who have first-hand knowledge of each villa. What’s more, when you book with us, you have full financial protection because we’re bonded with IPP so you can rest assured in the knowledge that your money is safe with us.

We’re really excited to have added some more beautiful villas to our 2019 programme. Take a peek below to pick out your own little piece of paradise in the Algarve for your 2019 holiday!

Casa Buganvilea, Carvoeiro